The following materials from Captain George Baker's diaries and other records and notes were originally published in Alexander Dalrymple's Oriental Repertory in 1808. Baker has left numerous other reports, many found in the Records of Fort St. George for the period. Baker's present account is especially useful for being one of the few first- hand accounts written by a European, of Alaunghpaya, the founder of the Konbaung Dynasty. Please note that "Persaim" here refers to the southern port of Burma originally known as Kusimara (the "Cosmim" of early Italian and Portuguese accounts) and later as Persiam (Puthein in Burmese) and known in English today as Bassein. Edited for the SOAS Bulletin of Burma Research by Michael W. Charney.